Physics Division Director

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California
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August 27 2020
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Physics Division Director - 90973

Organization: AP-Physical Sciences

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is seeking a dynamic scientific leader with an international reputation and outstanding record of scientific accomplishment to serve as the Director of the Physics Division. Reporting to the Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences, the Physics Division Director is responsible for providing vision and leadership for the research and operations activities of the Division, overseeing an annual budget of $60 million and a staff of 140 employees and 250 affiliates. The Director has full responsibility for all areas of management within the division, including scientific research, operations, finance, human resources, and environmental health and safety. The Director establishes a culture of excellence and inclusion by recruiting a diverse population of outstanding scientists and support staff, enthusiastically supporting and promoting their career development. 

The Director will serve as a member of the executive team of the Physical Sciences Area, comprising the Nuclear Science, Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics, and Engineering Divisions. As a member of Berkeley Lab's management, the Director is expected to build collaborative partnerships and programs within the Physical Sciences Area, with other Divisions across Berkeley Lab, and with external research institutions. The Physics Division research program is primarily funded by the High Energy Physics (HEP) program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science; the Director will serve as the spokesperson for the Physics Division in interactions with the DOE. The Division Director will also contribute to the leadership of large-scale Laboratory initiatives, including the development of multidisciplinary activities around cross cutting themes such as quantum information science and machine learning, and our responsible stewardship of the Lab’s research, people and assets, and promote a diverse and welcoming culture at Berkeley Lab. 

About the Physics Division:

The Physics Division ( conducts research in particle physics and cosmology, organized into five core programs: Energy Frontier (ATLAS), Intensity Frontier (DUNE and Mu2e), Cosmic Frontier (DESI, LZ, CMB-S4), Theory, and Detector R&D.  The Physics Division has a long history of groundbreaking innovations in instrumentation and has recently added thrusts in quantum information science and artificial intelligence/machine learning.  The Physics Division program is enabled by strong connections with Berkeley Lab’s Computing Sciences Area (NERSC, Computational Research Division and ESNet) and with matrixed Engineering Division staff.

The Physics Division Director will:

• Provide scientific and operational leadership for the Physics Division’s research programs, overseeing a $60-million portfolio and nearly 400 employees and affiliates, including scientists, postdoctoral fellows, administrative, technical and operations staff, and students. 

• Effectively manage existing programs and guide the development of new initiatives within the framework of a long-term research vision and strategic plan aligned with national goals.

• Partner with the Division Deputy to ensure operational efficiencies across the full range of operations areas, including budgets, funding, workforce planning, human resources management, environmental health and safety, property, space and facilities management.

• Work collaboratively with the Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences and other Division Directors within the Area to develop research initiatives, programs, and other activities to advance the mission of the Physical Sciences Area. 

• Collaborate with colleagues at UC Berkeley and other research institutions to develop cooperative programs to the mutual benefit of Berkeley Lab and its partners.

• Establish and communicate the Physics Division’s mission, goals, and accomplishments to Division staff and funding sponsors, Berkeley Lab staff and leadership, and to the broader research community.

• Make substantial contributions to the formulation and direction of Laboratory programs that enhance Berkeley Lab’s preeminence as a National Laboratory.

• Serve as a point of contact to DOE officials for HEP-related research, and implement DOE policies as they impact the Physics Division.

• Address management and resource challenges of a complex organization.

• Participate in formulating the research policy and long-term direction of the Laboratory as a whole, and provide consultation to the Laboratory Director, Deputy Director, and Associate Laboratory Director regarding new initiatives for the strategic direction.

• Work as a team member with other scientific and operational Division Directors, the Associate Laboratory Directors, and the Laboratory Directorate to advance the interests of LBNL and assure efficient, effective, and safe operation of the Laboratory.

• Conduct research in an area of particle physics or cosmology that is aligned with the Physics Division research program.

• Foster a culture of diversity, inclusion, equity and accountability by championing best practices in recruitment and promotion; guiding strategies for hiring, retaining, and developing a diverse staff; engaging staff at all levels through communication, involvement and recognition; and encouraging diverse committees and panels.


• Ph.D. or equivalent education/experience in particle physics, cosmology or a related field, and at least 10 years of professional experience. 

• Recognized as a respected expert and leader in her or his scientific field with an internationally recognized record of research accomplishments.

• Significant experience and demonstrated competence in the management of scientific projects and collaborative science, including maintaining an active research program.

• Ability to interact effectively with funding agencies, including the DOE, and demonstrated ability to initiate substantial new research efforts and collaborations.

• Demonstrated scientific and strategic leadership ability applicable to running a large, diverse, team-oriented organization with a multidisciplinary group of scientists and engineers.

• Demonstrated experience in effective management and administrative oversight, creativity in decision making and problem solving, experience in human resource management and a commitment to mentoring and career development.

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to interact at the highest level of management, both internally and externally, in a constructive and collaborative manner and in a way that appropriately represents the Laboratory. 

• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and accountability.

For full consideration, please submit your CV and Letter of Interest by October 30, 2020.


• The Physics Division Director is a career position that is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Laboratory Director, and this appointment is at will and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.

• Full-time, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

• This position is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

• This position is subject to the financial disclosure requirements of the California Political Reform Act of 1974. The successful candidate for this position will be required to file financial interest statements upon assuming this position, annually while holding this position, and when leaving this position.

• Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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